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Health Care Ethics A Catholic Theological Analysis, Fifth Edition by Benedict M. Ashley

Health Care Ethics A Catholic Theological Analysis, Fifth Edition


Health Care Ethics A Catholic Theological Analysis, Fifth Edition by Benedict M. Ashley

Health Care Ethics is a comprehensive study of significant issues affecting health care and the ethics of health care from the perspective of Catholic theology. It aims to help Christian, and especially Catholic, health care professionals solve concrete problems in terms of principles rooted in scripture and tested by individual experience; however, its basis in real medical experience makes this book a valuable resource for anyone with a general interest in health care ethics. This fifth edition, which includes important contributions by Jean deBlois, C.S.J., considers everyday ethical questions and dilemmas in clinical care and deals more deeply with issues of women's health, mental health, sexual orientation, artificial reproduction, and the new social issues in health care. The authors devote special attention to the various ethical theories currently in use in the United States while clearly presenting a method of ethical decision making based in the Catholic tradition. They discuss the needs of the human person, outlining what it means to be human, both as an individual and as part of a community. This volume has been significantly updated to include new discussions of recent clinical innovations and theoretical issues that have arisen in the field: the Human Genome Project; efforts to control sexual selection of infants; efforts to genetically modify the human genotype and phenotype; the development of palliative care as a medical specialty; the acceptance of non-heart beating persons as organ donors; embryo development and stem cell research; reconstructive and cosmetic surgery; nutrition and obesity; medical mistakes; the negative effects of managed care on the patient-physician relationship; and, recent papal allocution regarding care of patients in a persistent vegetative state and palliative care for dying patients.


While affirming Catholic Church teaching, [the editors] address controversies within the Catholic community and challenges from without ... Provides a much-needed account of social responsibility and public policy as well as the sacramental and healing dimensions of true care. America Clear, careful on reproductive and life issues and yet challenging, particularly in addressing matters of distributive justice and the social responsibility of health care systems and practitioners ... the fifth edition offers an intriguing way of classifying ethical theories, a bit different from any traditional classification method I have seen to date. Vision This [book] can become a great teaching moment for the Church's magisterium. The Thomist The fifth edition of this classic work is equal in its quality, if not better, than earlier versions ... While this work is intellectually solid, deeply grounded in scripture, theology, a humanistic natural law tradition, and various ethical approaches to bioethics, this book is remarkably 'user friendly.
I recommend this text for educated adults, undergraduates and graduate ministerial students. Catholic Library World

About the Author

Benedict M. Ashley, OP, a priest of the Dominican Order, Chicago Province, is Emeritus Professor of Moral Theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. He is a senior fellow of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. He has been honored with the medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice conferred by John Paul II and the Thomas Linacre Award from the National Federation of Catholic Physicians' Guilds. He is coautor of Ethics of Health Care: An Introductory Textbook, Third Edition (with Kevin O'Rourke, OP). Jean deBlois, CSJ, is director of the Master of Arts in Health Care Mission program at Aquinas Institute of Theology. She also acts as sponsor liaison to Ascension Health for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and serves on the Ascension Health Board of Directors. She is a former Vice President for Mission and Sponsorship at the Catholic Health Association. Kevin O'Rourke, OP, is professor emeritus and founder of the Center for Health Care Ethics at the Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center. He is a professor of bioethics at the Neiswanger Institute of Bioethics and Public Policy, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago. He is author of Medical Ethics: Sources of Catholic Teachings, Third Edition and coauthor of A Primer for Health Care Ethics: Essays for a Pluralistic Society, Second Edition.

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Publication date

22nd November 2006


Benedict M. Ashley

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Georgetown University Press


352 pages


Christian theology
Medical ethics & professional conduct



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